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Baltimore County has noted a recent increase in the number of serious pedestrian crashes -- and contrary to public perception, the pedestrian is at fault in about 80 percent of these incidents.
 
This Thursday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m.,  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Police Chief Jim Johnson and Fire Chief John Hohman will discuss the issue of pedestrian crashes along roadways in Baltimore County and announce a coordinated public awareness campaign for pedestrians. BCoPD and BCoFD handle about 420 pedestrian-vehicle crashes each year. The number of fatal pedestrian crashes increased in 2013 against each of the previous five years. 
 
The event will be held at the Randallstown Fire Station, 3610 Brenbrook Rd., 21133.
 
Attendees will include officers from BCoPD and BCoFD who have been working together on this issue; representatives from the Department of Public Works involved in engineering changes designed to improve pedestrian safety; and representatives from the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and MVA's Maryland Highway Safety Office.

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate two stabbing incidents that took place early Sunday morning outside the Towson Nights Hookah Lounge Cafe in downtown Towson. Meanwhile, a new law designed to reduce problems related to hookah lounges across the county took effect yesterday.

The law, introduced at the request of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz with the support of Police Chief Jim Johnson, requires hookah lounges to close at midnight. County Executive Kamenetz and Chief Johnson believe the earlier closing time -- some lounges have remained open as late as 4 a.m. -- will reduce the number of nuisance and criminal complaints associated with hookah establishments.

"The unfortunate incident in Towson outside of a hookah lounge this weekend once again shows why the recent legislation limiting hours at hookah and vapor lounges that I introduced and that was passed by the County Council is so important," Kamenetz said.  "Beginning yesterday, these places of business must close no later than midnight.  Should problematic behavior continue after the new law is implemented, I am fully prepared to go back to the Council and request that it reduce the hours even further. 

"I'm not going to tolerate this behavior in downtown Towson or anywhere else."

May 18 Stabbings

Police responded to two separate stabbing incidents near the Towson Nights hookah lounge early Sunday morning. The more serious of the two is a double stabbing that occurred just after 3:30 a.m., in which two young men -- both 22 years old -- were confronted by an unknown suspect or suspects who instigated a verbal argument that escalated to a stabbing. The victims -- who are not being identified at this time because the suspects remain at large -- had just left the hookah lounge when they were confronted by the suspects. It is unclear whether the suspects had been in the lounge.

Both victims were transported to local hospitals. One of the victims remains hospitalized with serious injuries; the other suffered non life-threatening injuries.

There is no description of the suspects at this time. An investigation by the Violent Crimes Unit is ongoing.

Earlier Sunday morning, police responded at about 2 a.m. to a fight at Burke Avenue and York Road, where they were told that a friend of one of the people involved in the fight had been stabbed earlier outside the Towson Nights hookah lounge. Investigation showed that the victim self-transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No arrests have been made in this stabbing, and there is no suspect description at this time. The investigation by detectives at the Towson precinct is ongoing.

Police have investigated whether the two stabbing incidents might be related but have concluded that they are not connected.

New Restrictions

Under the new law, hookah lounges in existence yesterday -- the day the bill took effect -- have 45 days to comply with the new regulation. Any new lounges will be subject immediately to the earlier closing time.

Zoning violations are misdemeanors enforced by Code Enforcement as well as by police.

Update (May 15):

Baltimore County Police have released the 911 calls in reference to the incident at WMAR TV on May 13.

Call 1     Call 2     Call 3     Call 4     Call 5     Call 6     Call 7     Call 8     Call 9     Call 10

Update (May 14 2:49 p.m.):

As a result of a bail review today, Vladimir Mehul Baptiste is now being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Update (May 14):

Baltimore County Police have charged 28-year-old Vladimir Mehul Baptiste of the 1700 block of White Oak Road 21234 in connection with the incident at WMAR TV on Tuesday.

Among the charges that Vladimir Mehul Baptiste faces are three counts of attempted second degree murder. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $750,000 bail.

Original release (May 13):

A male suspect is in police custody after he drove a stolen truck into the ABC2 News studio around noon today and barricaded himself inside the news station.

The barricade ended around 4:35 p.m., when members of the BCoPD's Tactical Team entered the area of the building where the suspect was located and took him into custody. The suspect has not been identified pending criminal charges and has been taken to a local hospital for an emergency evaluation. Police Chief Jim Johnson said that the suspect displayed obvious signs of mental illness, including incoherent language and rants.

No injuries to officers or ABC2 employees were reported.

The incident began  shortly before noon, when Baltimore County 911 received a call for a disturbance at ABC2 News, located in the 6400 block of York Road in Precinct 6/Towson. The caller said a man was banging on the door and yelling. Within minutes, 911 received a second call reporting that someone had just rammed a large truck into the lobby of the building.

First-arriving officers did not find the suspect in the truck, and employees said they believed he was inside the station. Police evacuated station employees (one employee sheltered in place for the duration of the incident) and initiated a barricade deployment.

Tactical officers were able to determine that the suspect was on the second floor and that he was watching the situation unfold on news broadcasts. A late afternoon news briefing was delayed, Chief Johnson explained, because of concerns that officers' safety could be compromised if the suspect learned details of the operation from the television coverage.

The suspect did not leave the ABC2 building at any point during the barricade, and officers were inside the building within minutes. There was no danger to the community beyond ABC 2.

The stolen truck belonged to a Maryland State Highway Administration subcontractor and was taken just before the barricade from a location at I-695 and York Road. The vehicle was unattended when it was taken. Police found assorted working tools in the truck, including machete sheaths. No machetes were found, nor were any firearms located. There is no indication that firearms were involved at all in this incident.

Chief Johnson explained at the briefing that officers assumed the suspect to be armed, based on the fact that he had acted violently and the presence of items such as the sheaths.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Chief Johnson praised ABC2 and the St. Pius X School, located next door to the TV station, and on lockdown during the incident for their professionalism, bravery and cooperation during this difficult situation.

They also thanked the agencies that assisted with this incident, including Baltimore City Police, Maryland State Police and the SHA.

Booking photo of Vladimir Mehul Baptiste

Front entrance of WMAR TV


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